Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sat, May 11 2019 5:30 PM

201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA
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SFCMP Performances at the CROSSROADS Series
Guerrilla Sounds: Julius Eastman’s Legacy
Inspired by Julius Eastman’s politically powerful and sonically persuasive works, we launch into our cross-generational at the CROSSROADS series with two major commissions. One is a new work by Sidney Corbett, an American composer living in Germany best known for his theatrical and emotionally powerful compositions. Also featured is a SFCMP commission from Bay Area composer, pianist, and improviser Myra Melford, featuring herself as improvising piano soloist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. SFCMP will premiere a new piece by exciting Brazilian-Californian composer Fernanda Aoki Navarro, while LJ White offers his own version of the interplay between freedom and structure in a work for solo violin and electronics. SFCMP also sponsors its 3rd Annual SF Search for young composers—this time writing for trios of players drawn from the instrumental forces for Myra Melford’s premiere and inspired by the works of Eastman—to complete the multi-generational portrait.

5:30pm Doors open, full bar service, grilled sandwiches, Floor 2​
6:30pm – 7:20pm How Music is Made program: Composer talk and music demonstrations with Myra Melford and Players facilitated by Eric Dudley
8:00pm Concert
9:30pm Post-Concert Party

Adam Strawbridge,Theory and Practice and Praxis (2018) (World premiere) (*SF Search Winner) (6’)
flute, vibraphone, cello

Wyatt Cannon, Quicksilver (2018) (World premiere) (*SF Search Winner) (6’)
flute, vibraphone, cello

Julius Eastman, Gay Guerrilla (1979)
2 pianos

Myra Melford, Homogenous Infiltration (2019) (Commission) (World premiere)
Myra Melford, piano, soloist
flute/alto flute, oboe/english horn, clarinet/bass clarinet, trombone, percussion, harp, 2 pianos, violin, viola, cello, double bass

* Cannon and Strawbridge are the winners of our 2019 SF Search for Scores program; Their pieces were inspired by the life and legacy of Julius Eastman.
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Myra Melford and Satoko Fujii